Writing life stories that contain adversity can heal and inspire, but make sure you are sending time capsules and not time bombs. If you discover troubling family history, learn how to write with empathy and to paint a picture of context. Journaling can have an unburdening effect, but you should know the difference between therapy writing versus leaving a life story legacy. To work through sensitive family issues, get your heart in the right place, focus on stories of transformation, and embrace the value of grappling. If you approach family dynamics with sensitivity and love, your memoir, life story, or family history can be a source of strength (not drive a wedge).